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Title: Towards an International Classification for Patient Safety: key concepts and terms
Authors: Runciman, William
Hibbert, Peter
Thomson, Richard
Sherman, Heather
Lewalle, Pierre
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: Understanding the patient safety literature has been compromised by the inconsistent use of language. To identify key concepts of relevance to the International Patient Safety Classification (ICPS) proposed by the World Alliance For Patient Safety of the World Health Organization (WHO), and agree on definitions and preferred terms. Six principles were agreed upon-025EFthat the concepts and terms should: be applicable across the full spectrum of healthcare; be consistent with concepts from other WHO Classifications; have meanings as close as possible to those in colloquial use; convey the appropriate meanings with respect to patient safety; be brief and clear, without unnecessary or redundant qualifiers; be fit-for-purpose for the ICPS. Definitions and preferred terms were agreed for 48 concepts of relevance to the ICPS; these were described and the relationships between them and the ICPS were outlined. The consistent use of key concepts, definitions and preferred terms should pave the way for better understanding, for comparisons between facilities and jurisdictions, and for trends to be tracked over time. Changes and improvements, translation into other languages and alignment with other sets of patient safety definitions will be necessary. This work represents the start of an ongoing process of progressively improving a common international understanding of terms and concepts relevant to patient safety.
Notes: [Runciman, William] Univ S Australia, Joanna Briggs Inst, N Tce Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia. [Runciman, William] Royal Adelaide Hosp, N Tce Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia. [Hibbert, Peter] Natl Patient Safety Agcy, London W1T 5HD, England. [Thomson, Richard] Newcastle Univ, Sch Med, Inst Hlth & Soc, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE2 4HH, Tyne & Wear, England. [Van Der Schaaf, Tjerk] Hasselt Univ, BE-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. [Sherman, Heather] Int Joint Commiss, Dept Hlth Serv Res, Div Qual Measurement & Res, Oak Brook Terrace, IL 60181 USA. [Lewalle, Pierre] WHO, Measurements & Hlth Informat Syst Dept, Informat Evidence & Res, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/9289
DOI: 10.1093/intqhc/mzn057
ISI #: 000262523900004
ISSN: 1353-4505
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2010
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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